The following will help provide you with basic information to share with your child regarding ballet class expectations. Included will be dress code, studio rules, as well as basic ballet class etiquette.
Lakewood Center for the Arts Youth Ballet
PreBallet l & ll- solid colored leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers (Please knot, cut, & tuck drawstrings, No Bows!), ballet skirts & tutus optional. Hair: secured back in a ponytail, bun, or pulled away from face.
Ballet l - Theatricals girls Cotton Dress (TH5510C) in light blue-order at discountdance.com, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers (Please knot, cut, & tuck drawstrings, No Bows!) Hair: secured back in a bun
Ballet ll - Wear Moi Girls Ballerine Camisole Dress (WM224C) in llilac- order at discountdance.com, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers ( drawstrings knotted, cut, & tucked) Hair: secured back in a bun
Ballet lll - Wear Moi Girls Ballerine Camisole Dress (WM224C) in dark grey- order at discountdance.com, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers ( drawstrings knotted, cut, & tucked) Hair: secured back in a bun
Ballet Level IV- High Neck Open Back Leotard (MT12340) and Georgette Wrap Skirt (S9011) in Black order at dancewearsolutions.com , pink tights, pink ballet slippers (drawstrings knotted, cut, and tucked). Hair: secured back in a bun.
Boys- black tights, leggings, or shorts, white or black fitted tshirt, & black ballet slippers (drawstrings knotted, cut, & tucked)
In order to provide a safe, disciplined, and respectful learning environment there are certain guidelines which should be encouraged and followed during ballet class.
1) No chewing gum in Studio
2) No hanging on Ballet Barres
3) No Running in Studio
If student is late for class please wait until the music is stopped or exercise is complete before entering studio.
4) Please raise your hand if you have a question or have to use the restroom.
5)Younger students should be encouraged to use the bathroom before class.
Ballet Class Etiquette
There are a few basic elements present in all ballet classes that are done a specific way simply because that's the way dancers do it. Observing and following these traditions will provide an atmosphere that encourages deeper learning as well as a greater respect for the art of Ballet. Ballet class etiquette can also be applied to your child's daily lives. I personally learned so much from ballet that I still apply to my life today. I hope that your children will also embrace these traditions as I did! *Reminder- these rules become stricter as your child progresses through the leveled system*
Be On Time- Ballet classes are organized and planned to gradually and properly warm up the muscles. Missing stretching or early barre exercises can increase chances of becoming injured or pulling muscles. If student is late for class please wait until the music is stopped or exercise is complete before entering studio.
No Talking- This should be encouraged and followed by all ages and levels. Of course there will be times when I will engage my students in conversation however they should avoid talking to their peers during class.
Take corrections with a positive mindset- As a teacher I want to see my students thrive, improve, and properly execute movements. It can be confusing for young dancers to understand that the only way to improve in ballet is to be corrected. Corrections should be seen as a compliment not a criticism. I won't ask a student to do something that they can not achieve, I simply see the potential my students have and expect them to work towards their potential. Keeping a positive attitude is vital to fixing corrections. Getting overly upset leads to further frustration and could hold a student back from growing as a dancer.
Asking Questions- is okay if student is asking a question about the combination or something that is pertinent to the moment. * making comments or asking questions that are not related to ballet class is not appropriate*
Follow Dress Code- being dressed appropriately in the uniform I provided above with hair pulled back is a must! Inappropriate attire including hair can be a distraction as well as a hindrance to a dancer.
" As a Ballet Teacher, I am thankful for the opportunity to pass on my passion for the art of Ballet. My teacher was such an inspiration to me as I aspire to be with my students." - Ms. Kasha